GPS Tracking Systems
GPS Tracking Systems can simply be categorized as Vehicle, Personal and Asset tracking systems.
Vehicle Tracking Systems
In this system the GPS tracking device is installed in a hidden place in the vehicle to be tracked. The installed GPS tracker will start communicating with the satellite GPS network. This network incorporates a range of satellites that use microwave signals which are transmitted to the GPS tracker to give information on the vehicle location, speed, direction, status whether it is moving or stopped, etc.
Various data can be stored within the tracking unit, or it may be transmitted to a central location data base, or internet-connected computer. This allows the asset’s (vehicle or person or any equipment with a GPS tracker attached to it) location to be displayed against a map in real-time or when analyzing the track later, using internet based special software.
It can also be used to monitor the driver (who is driving the vehicle if he is asleep, abusing alcohol, etc.) by one tiny camera which is hidden somewhere in the car.
The owner of the vehicle can also put a geo-fence (forbidden areas) to the movement of the vehicle, with which he can put fencing of a rectangular area along the location the vehicle is found. The moment the vehicle goes out of this geo fence area the owner of the vehicle will get an alert on his mobile phone which will help him to understand whether his vehicle is going away from the geo-fence (designated area). He can stop the vehicle by sending SMS and the ignition, fuel and power will be immediately off.
The vehicle tracking system is also used as an anti-theft system. If a vehicle is stolen the owner can easily track the car and will be able to control the car by turning off the engine and lock the door of the vehicle via SMS.
The owner of the vehicle can also set a speed limit say 60 km per hour, the moment driver over speeds he will get a alert in form of SMS. In case a driver is in a problem, he can send an alert to the owner that the driver is in a problem/emergency.
Personal Tracking Systems
The purpose of these systems is to truck the where about of persons such as family members, employees or anyone you need to monitor with a personal GPS tracking system. Tracking devices for people are typically small in size, allowing them to be placed easily in a backpack or purse. These types of trackers allow you to keep track of elderly or family members while still giving them the freedom and independence they desire.
- Parents can put the device in the school bag of the kids and can know where the kid is at any point of time.
- It is useful for companies in order to track their sales staff.
- It is also useful for special professional personnel, such as policemen, soldiers, prison administrators, security guard, etc. and disadvantaged groups, such as elders, kids, patients, etc., also for outdoor-sports groups ,such as go-abroad, traveling and exploring, etc.
Asset Tracking Systems
GPS vehicle tracking is a popular way for businesses to keep track of their larger machinery and other valuable equipment. But, as technology has advanced in recent years, GPS is being used to track smaller items as well. Many industries use GPS tracking to monitor the movement of high-value items. Hospitals, for example, spend a large amount of money on sophisticated medical equipment. Unfortunately, these assets are susceptible to theft, and some medical supplies may even be misplaced within a hospital’s massive inventory. Using tracking devices on these assets can help hospitals reduce theft and better manage their inventory. Tracking medical supplies and equipment can also enable hospitals to figure out which ones get used most often and create a more efficient system for storage and access.
In addition to hospitals, phone stores and electronics retailers also deal with a high risk of theft. The inventory in these stores is lucrative, and thieves are often able to bypass typical security measures. Using GPS tracking for smart phones and other electronics is an easy way for retailers to protect their valuable inventory. With tracking technology in place, law enforcement officials can recover stolen goods and apprehend the thieves. Art galleries, museums and auction houses often turn to GPS asset tracking to monitor their exhibits and ensure that no pieces leave the premises without permission.